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A Blue Origin passenger has pulled out after bidding $28 million (£20m) to join Jeff Bezos in space.

The unnamed millionaire has told the world's richest person that they had double booked for when the maiden voyage sets off on July 20.

It appears that even leaving Earth for the very first time is not a good enough excuse to avoid certain commitments.

Stepping into the New Shepard space craft in their place will be teenager Oliver Daemen, The Independent reports.

At 18-years-old, Oliver will become the youngest person in space while sharing a rocket with the oldest in 82-year-old Wally Funk.

Amazon mogul and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos and his brother Mark will fill up the other passenger seats.

The aerospace company confirmed over a month ago that the highest bidder at auction had bagged themselves a seat on board for the princely sum of $28 million.

Blue Origin said the person will "remain anonymous at this time" but announced that rather than bottling the trip altogether, the auction winner will travel at a later date.

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They have "chosen to fly on a future New Shepard mission due to scheduling conflicts" the company said.

How young replacement passenger Mr Daeman swooped in at the last minute has not been explained, nor how much it has set him back.

Blue Origin said in a statement that the trip would "fulfil a lifelong dream for Oliver", who is coming towards the end of a gap year before starting at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands, this September.

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Blue Origin also announced that its own non-profit initiative, Club for the Future, has given 19 different organisations $1 million each "to support the future of living and working in space".

Bob Smith, CEO of Blue Origin said: "We thank the auction winner for their generous support of Club for the Future and are honoured to welcome Oliver to fly with us on New Shepard.

"This marks the beginning of commercial operations for New Shepard, and Oliver represents a new generation of people who will help us build a road to space."

The four will take off for a short flight up to space next week.

  • Money
  • Space
  • Jeff Bezos

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